Monday, August 29, 2011 Still Kicking?

Here is an interesting development. Check out this link: CELLBOOK.INFO

Cool Birthday Party

Jack was invited to a super cool ice skating birthday party this week-end. It was his first experience on ice and he got to be relatively proficient at ice skating with "buckets"

Jack has that "hockey player" look... and appropriately enough - a Michigan State jersey.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fish Taco Shop To Open

Some have come to think of Lincoln, NE as a fish taco town. That reputation will get an enhancement in October when Wahoo's Fish Taco opens downtown. Wahoo's Fish Taco is a chain that currently has stores in California, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, and Australia.

The Mind of a 4-year Old

Jack: Daddy, when sister and I grow up how many garage doors will we have?

Daddy: We'll still probably have 2

Jack: No, we'll need four then

I then explained that when he grew up he'd want to move away to go to school. He didn't think so because he didn't know who he'd play with if he moved away. He thought about it a bit more and then asked if he could bring his toys.

Four is an awesome age and it is fun watching Jack grow and think through new things...


Get a $99 HP Touchpad? Don't worry - This guy didn't either...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dispatch from Jonesboro

On my recent trip to Jonesboro I made a few observations.
First, the Pizza Inn buffet is still kicking and I believe it's still the best pie in Northeast Arkansas.

Second, some bad news. The Country Kitchen, known by some as the land of the yellow pancakes, is dead. I do not hold out much hope of ever eating breakfast in this shack again.

Thirdly, there's this. University Drive has a ton of houses for sale. Some are vacant and beginning to suffer from neglect. Let's hope the old neighborhood doesn't slip too far downhill.

Of course, it isn't all bad. For a mere $229,000 you could be the proud owner of Russ Ball's old house. If you do buy it, please don't flip the bird at cars driving by. Thanks in advance!

Almost there!!!!

Elle is going to be crawling any day!  Jack says he's ready to play hide and seek with her...we'll see about that!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Number 1... Times 2!

I enjoy perusing the various college/university rankings and was recently enamored with a set of rankings in the current issue of Smart Money.  It was a best value oriented article that landed Georgia Tech at the top of the public university list and Carnegie Mellon at the top of the private university list!

Here's a scan of the page:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Boston...The Wheaten Terrier

This sign was posted at the exit to our neighborhood.  Boston looks like a good animal... though we aren't currently in the market for a dog.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Rules of Fast Food Employment

While waiting recently to pick up take-out at BJ's Restaurant I noticed an employee check-in sheet forgotten on the counter.  It appears each employee needs to be "checked-in" via visual inspection but presumably a manager...

Here's what the sheet said:

___Promise Card

___Perfect Uniform Standards

___Hair restraint, Shaved

___No Cell Phone

___No Gum

___Knowledge of Duties

___Knowledge of Meal Period Rotation

___Service Execution Focus:  Delivering Perfect Food & Beverages

___Hopsitality Focus:  Commitment

___Safety Topic:  Burn Prevention

___Sanitation Focus

___Server check in with host

Clearly something like this isn't in place at McDonalds.  We had breakfast there recently at the El Dorado Hills location and encountered an employee sleeping on the table shortly before her shift began!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Jack's Trip to the Zoo

We celebrated "Jack Day" as part of his birthday and both too the day off to spend time doing things he'd enjoy.  That meant the zoo and Funderland.   Jack wasn't exactly 100% but managed to finesse his was through the day just fine.  We all had fun!
From thee customary do it yourself booth at the entrance.

If you look closely you'll be able to spot Snoopy and the Red Baron flying by!

a few more snaps of the animals to follow.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Football Season Nearly Here...

And Georgia Tech has an awesome home slate this year.  Home games include:


Viriginia Tech



along with North Carolina and Maryland and Western Carolina...

Pretty awesome slate.  They are likely to need all the help they can get as the team is still quite young and will include a new quarterback.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Birthday Report: Part 2

We ended up doing a fair amount of decorating for the "shark" party.

Guests were greated with a danger sign at the door coupled with a hidden music box playing the Jaws theme over and over.

Stepping through the front door led to more serious things.  Two mean looking blow-up sharks looked down on all who entered.

And of course there was a shark cake!

And some fancy balloons - including a dolphin, the nose of which is just visible in the picture.

All in all, it was great fun.

Monday, August 08, 2011

The Birthday Report: Part 1

Jack and Grandpa prepare for the big day by spelling "CAKE" on his word puzzle.  Jack doesn't really need much help, as a four year old, with such trivial puzzles any more.
"Let's do the birthday cake one!"

More pre-birthday festivities...reading the Seuss Birthday story... which, like all Dr. Seuss books, is surprisingly long.

Elle got in on the Grandpa action too.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Preparing for a Birthday... Shark Style!

Last time we did a a pinata at Jack's birthday it was a #FAIL.  I hung it with twine and it broke after the first hit.  That won't be the case this year.  I spent more on the attachment hardware than I did on the Pinata and will include some hardware close-ups later.  This should give you and idea though.

Birthday preparations are well underway!

The Shark Pinata!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Picture for Football Logo

The Cutest Baby on The Block? No Question!

Elle is the cutest baby on the block by a long shot!  It's fun to watch her interact with more and more things every day.  Her favorite, of course, is still her brother.  She immediately starts beaming as soon as he comes over and plays with her.

They are great together and Steph and I love watching the interaction.

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